The Sentinel

Season 4 Episode 8

The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg

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Aired Unknown May 24, 1999 on UPN
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The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg
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When Blair's mother Naomi secretly submits her son's Sentinel thesis paper to a publisher, Jim discovers that being famous can be detrimental to your health. While Jim and Blair protect a local union leader Jack Bartley, information from Blair's paper is leaked and Ellison is in the middle of a media frenzy. Unless someone can diffuse the situation, the Sentinel will be forced to leave the city of Cascade — forever.moreless

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  • The show ended much too soon, but if it had to end, at least they gave us a resolution for much of what had come before.

    10
    When Blair Sandburg was left dead at the end of season three, we thought it was only a cliffhanger. When UPN cancelled the series with no warning, the fans were outraged and campaigned for another season and for the return of Blair. The writers got to make the second part of the cliffhanger and we got another half season before the show was ended for good.



    This episode was the final one and is one of my all time favorites. Angsty and emotional, it goes through the ups and downs of parental interferance, the pushy nature of the press and the reality of people who will do anything to get what they want. More than anything, though, this episode brings to the forefront the reality of true, deep felt friendship - that kind that you rarely find and seldom treasure to it\'s true worth. It\'s said, there is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for a friend. Well, in this episode, Blair Sandburg does just that. He declares himself a fraud, denouces his life\'s work and shames himself publically to protect the man that has offered him friendship and the first real home he\'s ever known.



    Garett Maggart gives an amazing performance as he explores the shock, horror betrayal and finally the realization of what he has and wants with grace and skill. The big scene - the press conference - is acted with all the emotion and ability that one would expect from such a skilled actor. Even after 10 years, that scene can still bring a lump to my throat. The scene following it, where Jim Ellison (Richard Burgi) finds Blair and tells him that he saw the press conference is one of the most emotional the pair has ever had. There are so few words and yet it is a fully charged moment that draws you in and holds on tight.



    The wonderful wrap up at the end gives us all the resolution we could have hoped for given the unfortunate decisions by UPN.moreless
  • Blair's thesis gets out and their frienship is put under strss.

    10
    this is was such a great and emotional episode!! We get Jim's tpical fear based reactions when the thesis gets out. He immediately starts accusing Blair because he is afraid Blair will leave him. Poor baby :( The scars of his childhood. I really like that actually. We see him lash out because he's scared. And Blair's like trying to make up all the time and not wanting to give up. So sweet!! It really is about friendship!! Then it's the pressconference where Blair declares himself as a fraud for Jim. He did it for Jim. Then Jim's reaction when he realizes he hasn\'t been fair towards Blair. The hospital scene really had me nearly crying because it was so beautiful, seeing Jim trying to fix it. Didn't really like the last scene because it left too many questions but overall it\'s a great episode!!moreless
Michael Kopsa

Michael Kopsa

Sid Graham

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Deanna Williams

Deanna Williams

Reporter #3

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Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Reporter #2

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Ken Earl

Ken Earl

Joel Taggert

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